YouTube and Google Calendar added to HTTPS transparency report

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Google maintains a transparency support that details how well their services are encrypted, and it’s a pretty interesting chart to dig into, especially if you’re concerned about how secure Google is. The charts track what percentage of traffic from a particular service is sent over HTTPS and keeps a trail of how those services have done since 2014. Read more

A new launcher should debut on Google’s 2016 Nexus phones

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Paired with the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat this year will be two devices developed by Google and HTC under the Nexus name. The phones, known internally by their makers as Sailfish and Marlin, are going to ship with high-end specifications and the latest version of Android. It’ll definitely be the phones to get during the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

What’s going to be different for these phones? Google is going to overhaul the stock Android launcher once again. We’re getting our first look at it right now courtesy of Android Police.

Hit the break to see what’s coming.

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Moto G4 & Moto G4 Plus review: Far from mid-range bliss

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Up until three years ago, the mid-range segment of the mobile industry was an afterthought for most companies and consumers. Motorola, who was owned by Google at the time, changed everything when it introduced the Moto G in November 2013. The company released a phone with a low price that carried a ton of value. It proved to the world that, yes, mid-range devices could be worthy buys for a larger number of people.

Whereas Motorola was slowly enhancing the Moto G every year since 2013, Lenovo is going for broke in one shot. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus are unlike anything Motorola put out since its 2013 reboot.

Hit the break for our review of the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus.

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Verizon to start pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on August 3rd, launch on August 19th

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We are less than a day away from Samsung’s big Unpacked event to launch the new Galaxy Note 7 and some other goodies. The short wait does not mean the rumors and leaks will come to a halt though as evidenced by the latest news to come out regarding the new flagship smartphone. Previous rumors suggested Samsung was shooting to start selling the Galaxy Note 7 as soon as the launch event came to a close. At least in the case of Verizon, they may not quite make that target but they will be close as the carrier is expected to open the pre-order process on August 3rd. Read more

T-Mobile Tuesday goes comical with ‘Suicide Squad’

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Later this week the DC Comics universe gets a new entry to join the Bat and the Man of Steel, although this time with a twist, when Suicide Squad opens in theaters. In conjunction with that, T-Mobile has tied in several of their prizes and giveaways for this week’s T-Mobile Tuesday with Suicide Squad, including a free opening day ticket to check out the latest DCU release. Read more

Outdoor activity will be a big part of the Gear S3 from Samsung

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Samsung is expected to launch the Gear S3 at IFA 2016 in September, but information regarding the company’s flagship wearable isn’t being shy. The smartwatch, known internally as Solis, is going to come with a round display and a rotating bezel while the software inside is Tizen. Those are all things we’re familiar with from the Gear S2 that was released in 2015. Now we’re finding out what will be different as there’s a report out today saying Samsung is catering to the activity nut in all of us with special capabilities.

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Huawei P9 Smart View case review

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For many of us, one of the first things we do after purchasing a new smartphone is to buy a case for it to protect it from life’s bumps and knocks. There’s a real variety of cases to choose from ranging from slim, bulky, smart or some combination of the three. When it comes to cases, I’m a bit of a cheap skate, as shown by my using a £2.99 TPU case with my Huawei P9. While it’s done the job with no complaints, I’ve been thinking about moving to something a little more premium with added functionality. Naturally, when Mobile Fun got in touch asking me to review the official Smart View case for the P9 I pretty much snapped their hands off. Read more